Basil
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Feeling a bit "under the weather" on this beautiful Texas Saturday morning.  I snapped a picture of the basil outside my kitchen door and wondered if the compounds in this sweet-smelling plant could help ease chills, headache, and earache. Here's what I found.

Basil is commonly used in Asia to counter toxic poisons from snakes and insects. In India, basil is sacred; it is planted around temples and graves. It is used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for easing colds, flu, fever, muscle aches and earaches. According to a 2014 review, basil oil has been effectively used as a traditional therapeutic plant for easing headaches, coughs, diarrhea, constipation, warts, worms, and kidney malfunctions. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4264302/

Basil essential oil acts as a cooling agent on the skin (add to carrier oil before applying to skin). It promotes alertness and lessens occasional anxious feelings. May help ease monthly feminine discomfort.* Supports healthy immune function.* Has cleansing properties. Helps to reduce gas.*Useful for easing tension in the head and neck.*

I don't have basil oil on hand but I do have plenty of fresh basil so today I'll be adding it to recipes and infusing it in water. Want a simple Basil Pesto recipe? Visit http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/fresh_basil_pesto/

Sooner or later I'll make a soap with basil. I love the smell! It supposedly works well with Bergamot, cypress, white fir, geranium, helichrysum, lavender, lemongrass, marjoram, peppermint, and wintergreen. We will see!

Do not use during pregnancy. Basil oil is not appropriate for those with epilepsy. Dilution is recommended for topical use.

If you are interested in purchasing basil essential oil, please contact me!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

Essential Oil Coach
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I've been using essential oils in soapmaking for the past seventeen years.

I wanted to learn more about them so a few months ago, I decided it was time to take the plunge.  I wanted to know: How to use them in other DIY projects, what are they good for and how could they make a difference in every day living. I am so glad I took this course.  What I've learned is only the beginning. It takes practice to remember the benefits of each oil and research on how and when to use them.  You will be reading more about them on my blog as I share what I learn.  

September 25th, I begin a new course on becoming a Certified Health Coach. Healthy eating and exercise make a difference in the way our skin looks and feels. Can't wait to share with you!

Frankincense
Photo by marilyna/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by marilyna/iStock / Getty Images

My favorite essential oil and one of the most prized and precious oils due to its extensive health benefits. *

Frankincense comes from the Boswellia species of tree and is native to Ethiopia, Somalia, India, and the Arabic Peninsula and has been used in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese health practices. It was used anciently in everything from perfumes to lotions for soothing the skin. It induces feelings of peace, satisfaction and overall wellness. 

How to use Frankincense Oil

Apply to the bottom of the feet to promote feelings of relaxation and to balance the mood. *Add a couple of drops to your moisturizer to rejuvenate the skin.*  Apply to cuticles and nailbeds to maintain healthy looking fingernails.* Diffuse Frankincense during your morning yoga practice to focus your intention for the day.

How do you use Frankincense oil?

Frankincense is known to have blood-thinning effects, people with problems relating to blood clotting should not use this oil before consulting with their healthcare provider.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Frankincense and Myrrh soap will be available sometime in October.  In the meantime, if you are interested in the essential oil, please contact me!

No Soapmaking Today

Air conditioner repair, water heater replaced and two injections in my lower back. All happening today.  No driving for six to eight hours after the injections so no office work. On days like this, it helps to write down things I am grateful for so here are a few:

The a/c didn't have to be replaced.  
Hot water
Doctors
Family
Work
Rest
Cool breeze on hot days/nights
Ordinary days

What are you thankful for? 

“All people have within their grasp much to be thankful for. Gratitude fills. Grumbling drains. The choice is ours.” 
― Richard A. Swenson, Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives